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School of Education


Dr. Grace Adebisi Fayombo

Dr. Grace Adebisi Fayombo

Lecturer in Developmental Psychology

Department: School of Education


Dr Grace A. Fayombo is a Lecturer in Developmental Psychology, School of Education at UWI Cave Hill, since February 2008. She holds a Ph.D. in Counselling & Developmental Psychology. Before assumption of duty at UWI Cave Hill, she worked as a full-time Secondary School English teacher from 1989-1999 and also as a full-time Lecturer at the Department of Educational Foundations and Counselling, Olabisi Onabanjo University, from 1999-2008 in Nigeria where she was promoted to the post of a Senior Lecturer in 2005.

She has published over 30 papers and  received an Award for Excellence in Teaching and Learning from the African Association for Teaching and Learning, Nigeria in October 2012. She was also presented with the Principal's Award for Excellence in Outstanding Teaching at UWI Cave Hill in December 2013.


  • Certificate in University Teaching & Learning (CUTL) - UWI Cave Hill, 2010
  • Ph.D. (Counselling & Dev. Psychology) - University of Ibadan, Nigeria, 1998                                   
  • M.Ed. (Guidance and Counselling)  -  University of Ibadan, Nigeria, 1987  
  • B.Ed. (English / Guidance & Counselling) - University of Ibadan, Nigeria, 1986

Research Areas

Her early research topics focused on adolescents’ developmental problems like alcohol, substance abuse and the intervention programmes. She has also conducted action research on students’ absenteeism from lectures  which informed her further investigation of active learning strategies such as role play, games, video stimulation to improve students’ attendance and engagement at  lectures for effective learning.

Her other areas of interest include emotional intelligence, psychological resilience and personality traits which are also vital for adolescents’ successful transition to adulthood stage. Presently, she is investigating the physical, cognitive, social and emotional development of Nigerian and Caribbean adolescents to expand literature in that area.

Main Research Projects:

  1. Promoting student engagement and learning outcomes in Psychology courses through technology infused learner-centred strategies
  2. Teaching Strategies, Learning Styles and Academic Achievement among some Undergraduate Psychology Students in Barbados
  3. The Influence of Parental Employment Status on Caribbean Adolescents' Self-Esteem
  4. Relating Emotional Intelligence to Academic Achievement among some University students in Barbados
  5. Cross institutional study of the causes of Absenteeism among the University students in Barbados and Nigeria
  6. The relationship between Personality Traits and Psychological Resilience among Caribbean adolescents
  7. Investigating the Physical, Cognitive, Social and Emotional Development of the Caribbean and Nigerian adolescents.


Teaching Areas


  • PSYC 1012 - Introduction to Developmental Psychology
  • PSYC 3032 - Psychology of Ageing
  • PSYC 2022 - Developmental Psychology II: Conception to Adolescence   
  • PSYC 2009 - Learning Theory and Practice
  • PSYC 3011 - Research Project in Psychology (for Psychology Minors only)
  • PSYC 3016 - Research Paper in Psychology (for Psychology Majors only)

  • EDPS 6310 - Typical and Atypical Human Development and Learning
  • EDPS 6111 - Psychology of Caribbean Children

Select Publications

Fayombo, G.A. (2015).  Teaching Strategies, Learning Styles and Academic Achievement among some Undergraduate Psychology Students in Barbados. Caribbean Educational Research Journal, 3(2), 46-65.
Maynard, D. B. and Fayombo, G.A. (2015). Influence of Parental Employment Status on Caribbean Adolescents' Self-Esteem. International Journal of School and Cognitive Psychology, 2(1&3), 123-129.
Fayombo, G. A. (2014). Promoting student engagement and learning outcomes in Psychology course through technology infused learner-centred strategies. In Veiga, F. (Coord.) Students’ Engagement in School: International Perspectives of Psychology and Education, Lisboa (pp. 687 -703). ISBN: 978-989-98314-8-3.

Fayombo, G.A. (2012). Relating emotional intelligence to academic achievement among some university students in Barbados. The International Journal of Emotional Education, 4(2), 43-54.
Fayombo, G.A., Babalola, B.J., Olaleye, Y.L. (2012). Cross institutional study of the causes of absenteeism among the university students in Barbados and Nigeria. Journal of Educational and Developmental Psychology, 2(1), 122-136. doi:10.5539/jedp.v2n1p122.

Additional Info

Generally there is dearth of literature in the Psychology of African-Caribbean People. Hence, Dr.Fayombo is making a valuable contribution to research in this area.


Developmental psychology, adolescence,  active learning strategies, student engagement, student learning outcomes, substance and alcohol abuse,  academic achievement,  emotional intelligence, psychological resilience, student absenteeism,  parental types, parenting styles, self-esteem, self-concept, study habits